11000 new council homes: figures show loss rather than gain

Southwark demolishing and selling off council homes faster than it's building them

In 2014, as part of its manifesto pledge Southwark Council’s administration announced an “ambitious but realistic plan to build 11,000 new council homes” across the borough over the next 30 years. Concerns were raised by us and in the local press that this would fail to make up for the thousands of council homes currently being lost to ongoing estate regeneration, void disposal policies and Right to Buy applications over the next 30 years.

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Elephant Shopping Centre - traders and campaigners step-up the fight

Planning approval set to face legal challenge, while traders object to insufficient temporary premises

Elephant shopping Centre traders and local campaigners have taken the first step of a legal challenge to Southwark Council’s resolution to approve the shopping centre planning application, while also objecting to the small size of a proposed temporary facility for the traders’ relocation during the 5 years it would take to redevelop the centre.

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Ruby Triangle

First major Old Kent Road application goes to committee

The first of the very large planning applications lining up to take advantage of the proposed Old Kent Rd Opportunity Area goes to Southwark’s planning committee on Monday 29 October. It is for a mixed-use scheme that would include 1152 homes, with 40.5% affordable housing, two-thirds of which would be social rented. A publicly accessible sports hall/gym and ‘pocket park’ are also promised. The scheme dubbed the ‘Ruby Triangle’ is proposed by a joint venture between A2Dominion Housing association and recently-formed developer Avanton Ltd, which is chaired by former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

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Grosvenor takes the biscuit factory

Bermondsey's Biscuit Factory redevelopment falls well short of policy requirements

1300 new homes, no social rented

While most eyes have been on developer Delancey’s plans for the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, on the other side of Southwark an equally large proposal to build over a thousand homes without any social rented housing has been stealthily making its way towards planning permission.

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Delancey get what they want

E&C shopping centre application narrowly approved

Shopping centre owner and developer Delancey’s proposals for the Elephant shopping centre narrowly secured approval from the planning committee last Tuesday . The approval is subject to Mayor Sadiq Khan endorsing the decision and the successful conclusion of S106 negotiations, to seal the legal contract between Southwark and Delancey for the delivery of the development. A late application to Historic England for listing the shopping centre has also to be resolved.

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